Tribute to My Father

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Musings

My father passed away at the age of 94 on July 4th weekend. He was a sweet, smart, kind man who adored my mother and all his family, and we all knew it. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He also had a rock solid sense of integrity […]

About the Camels and the Chickens or: Reflections on a Marriage Contract

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Stories

At the end of June my husband and I will celebrate, G-d willing, our 45th wedding anniversary. The number seems surreal to me, but as we got married in 1970, I suppose it must be true! And so it seems like a good time to reflect upon our marriage contract, known in Hebrew as the […]

Back to Teaching

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Classes

The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry® process began as a daily meditative practice that I developed for myself. Every morning right after I would pray and recite Psalms, I would go into my study. I would light a candle, turn on soft music, pick up my pen and go into a meditative state. I would set […]

Get Caught Reading Month 2015

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Musings

May is Get Caught Reading Month 2015, so I thought I’d share a bit of my current reading list. I just finished a best- selling book called: the life-changing magic of tidying up – The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo (translated from the Japanese.) Self-improvement books, though often edifying, are sometimes […]

Memorial Day Musings

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Musings

Spring is here and the stores are already full of beach towels, pool toys and picnic baskets. The days are long, the SoCal nights are balmy, and thoughts turn to Memorial Day and backyard barbecues. This year, as it happens, Memorial Day falls on the second day of the Jewish holiday of Shavous, so the […]

Disneyland Adventures with Our Grandchildren

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Stories

Our travelogue is now fully caught up. As I said previously, August 2014 found us, by popular demand, heading back to the Magic Kingdom with our grandchildren. We stayed once again at the beautiful Grand Californian Hotel. It overlooks Downtown Disney and has its own entrance to Disney California Adventure (DCA). The night before we […]

Our Great San Diego Vacation with 7 Grandchildren

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Stories

In 2013, we headed south with our grandchildren. E, then 3 1/2 , came with us for the first time. So now we were nine in all. Too many for one car and, alas, too many for any hotel I contacted in the San Diego area. So A decided it was time we rented a […]

More Adventuring with our Grandchildren

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Stories

In 2012 we added A, now four, to our troop, and decided a shorter journey was in in order. Now we were eight. It would be the last year we could all fit into that trusty SUV. We went to Las Vegas and stayed at a condo-resort off The Strip. They gave us two attached […]

More Adventuring up the Coast with our Grandchildren

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Stories

For our 2010 adventures with our grandchildren we headed north to Carmel and Monterey. We had by this time commandeered our daughter’s eight-seat SUV. We were six people again and quite comfortable. We drove north, making only on stop – at a spacious Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Pismo Beach. Just about every Coffee Bean up […]

What Baby Sarah Knows – A Poem

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Poetry

I have been known to carry a thermos of my green drink just about everywhere. I wrote this poem after yet another grandchild asked to taste it and then ran to spit it out. The drink is called Bieler’s Soup, after Dr. Henry Bieler, who developed it. It consists of steamed and blended zucchini, green […]